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[December 15, 2013]

Retired port exec gets job at Suffolk cybersecurity firm [The Virginian-Pilot]

(Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dec. 15--Retired port executive Joe Dorto has a new gig: vice president at Sera-Brynn, a Suffolk-based cybersecurity firm.

Dorto, who retired this year after 25 years as CEO of Virginia International Terminals, the operations arm of the Virginia Port Authority, said he didn't seek the opportunity.

It found him with help from J. Morgan Davis, president at TowneBank, which partners with Sera-Brynn.

While doing IT work at VIT, Sera-Brynn employees learned of a potential business lead: managing collection of "demurrage" fees, which shipping lines pay when cargo containers sit at a port terminal too long.

They took the idea to Davis, who arranged a meeting with Dorto. "They are computer geniuses, but they know nothing about the port business," Dorto said of Sera-Brynn. "I know nothing about computers, and I know about the port business." Davis, he said, thought "this could be a perfect match." Dorto said he's essentially working as a consultant and is not a full-time employee.

"I actually see maritime security as being a big part of our business," said Rob Hegedus, CEO of Sera-Brynn, adding that the opportunity is much bigger than the collection of fees.

The maritime industry, however, is hard to crack, he said. "You got to figure out the right people to talk to, and that's where Joe can definitely help us." "It keeps me off the streets," Dorto said.

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